We have several tidbits to share but want to cover the Alexander McQueen runway show first.
Sarah Burton sent highly detailed looks down the catwalk; pieces had ruffles and flounces and peplums and cutout necklines, to name only some of the characteristics from today’s show at Paris Fashion Week.
The designer explained, “This is a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme”. That perspective helps one better understand the pieces, while bringing the collection closer to its original design credo. But it also explains why so few looks from next spring’s collection will work for the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate is not a minimalist, but neither is she comfortable in the exaggerated silhouette and highly embellished garments seen today.
We had a difficult time coming up with looks that we thought Kate *might* wear if they were altered in some way(s), the three shown below are probably the best examples we could find. These skirts could work for Kate in the right situation… in the right fabric… with the right tailoring… you see where this is going? Exactly. That is an awful lot of work when so many other styles are available.
To better explain the dichotomy of today’s styles in relationship to Kate, we share the title of the Associated Press review:
McQueen, the label behind Middleton’s wedding dress, gets kinky with bondage-inspired show
From the AP story:
PARIS-The ivory silk wedding dress that Kate Middleton chose for her date with history was Alexander McQueen, but it was hard to imagine the demure now-Duchess of Cambridge sporting the S&M-infused black teddy, the head-enveloping lace-and-leather face masks or any of the other extreme looks that came down the label’s runway on Tuesday.
This does not come as a surprise to anyone who follows fashion. As we mention above, today’s styles are much more in keeping with what many consider the McQueen look. Kate’s wedding dress was contradictory to that McQueen heritage, not the other way around. More from the Associated Press story :
But the Duchess of Cambridge has notoriously low-key style, and trying to imagine her in anything from the spring-summer 2012 collection was absurd. After all, what would she do with her luscious locks ”not to mention her face ” in one of those lacy pantyhose head masks that topped off all the looks?
From the Women’s Wear Daily review (subscription required):
“…a lineup of exquisite clothes that, despite her protestations, had a strong fetishistic current in their curvature and hyper-focus on the waist and certainly in the elaborately wrought, sometimes menacing, masks.”
Writing off all possibility of Kate wearing something from the collection would be foolish, one need only look at previous Alexander McQueen runway shows and what Kate has actually worn to come to this conclusion. If the Duchess is committed to stepping out in McQueen again, several looks can easily be re-imagined with higher necklines, less exaggerated peplums, etc., there’s no shortage of pieces Kate *could* wear.
The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry was set up in September 2009 to enable The Princes to take forward their charitable ambitions. The Duchess of Cambridge, now officially a Patron of the Foundation, shares similar charitable interests to her husband and Prince Harry and will also use her position to help those in need.
The Duchess of Cambridge formally became a Patron of the Foundation alongside her husband and Prince Harry at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday 29th September 2011.
Our thanks to A Petite Princess for the heads-up on this news. The Telegraph ran a more in-depth story examining Kate’s future patronage role on a broader scale, saying “Duchess of Cambridge to become Queen of Arts”. From the piece in Sunday’s paper:
The Duchess is considering supporting a number of national arts institutions, thought to include The Tate, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A.
Included in the article is a recap of Kate’s background in this area:
The Duchess, 29, has a long-held interest in the arts. During her gap year in 2001, she spent three months studying art history at the British Institute in Florence, before enrolling at the University of St Andrew’s where she met Prince William while reading a history of art degree.
To read the entire piece, click here.
Yet one more writer believes Kate has sparked another fashion trend, this one related to her wedding day wardrobe.
More from “Kate Middleton’s White Angora Bolero (Almost) Ruined My Life” in the Huffington Post.
“…the more I examined the Duchess’ look, the more I grew to love and understand the purpose of the bolero. The angora knit brought a softness and true femininity to her look.
I was faced with where to find them and had to ask myself the dreaded question, do they even exist?! Not everyone can call up Sarah Burton and the McQueen team and ask them to whip one up!
To finish the story and see if/where boleros were actually discovered, click here.
Finally today, news that will surprise no one, the exhibition showing Kate’s wedding gown and accessories wrapped up yesterday, breaking previous records.
More than 600,000 people went to the exhibit, here is more from a Fashionista story:
To put this in perspective, People reports that last year the Palace drew only 413,000 visitors, and that the previous all-time high was in 1994 with 420,000 visitors, which means that Middleton’s dress broke the record by over 180,000. And that’s nothing to sneeze at. Now that’s the power of Kate.
We’ll be back in the next day or two with another post as well as a poll. As more than a few readers pointed out, they are fun and it’s been a while since we did a little non-scientific sampling of opinions.